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WoW Moviewatch: Primetime Draenor

It's not often that I'm caught by surprise, but Youtuber and machinima creator Nora Sunstrider managed to slip completely under my nose. For a very, very long time -- she's been quietly creating some pretty funny original content for about a year now. Primetime Draenor is simply the latest in a lengthy machinima library, and although we've seen the premise before -- television clips in Azeroth -- she does a good job with throwing a Warlords spin on things.

The voice acting is well delivered, the punchlines are good, and it's a solid little short. More importantly, there's a ton of other films on her Youtube channel, all totally worth watching as well. If you like this machinima, be sure to go check out her full library for more.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

The Queue: Deadmines serenade

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today!

I liked Westfall's new storyline and the Heroic Deadmines revamp, but man, sometimes I wonder what it would have looked like if it were in fact turned into a musical extravaganza. But having the boss sing at you while you were fighting would be admittedly distracting. It'd probably feel like raiding the Small World attraction at Disneyland.

Jorsha asked:

Q4tQ: with the notice yesterday of the patch 6.1 build heading to the PTR, I have to ask, what is the difference between a PTR and a Beta?

A PTR is usually the term used for a patch. A beta is a term used for something larger, like an expansion or a new game. They both mean the same thing -- it's a realm created for the specific purpose of testing new content/features/mechanics, but a beta is usually much larger scale. In addition, PTR realms are open to everyone from day one, while beta realms usually require an invitation or code to get in, at least in the earliest stages.

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Breakfast Topic: How do you view your followers?

Greatmother Geyah is a total name-dropper. Every time I run into her, she asks how her son is doing, and just has to point out that she's talking about Durotan, just in case I wasn't aware that she was the mother of the Frostwolf chieftain. Meanwhile, Phylarch the Evergreen is some sort of meditative genius, as he spends a lot of his time sitting in midair, when he isn't making my other followers cry. Botani, right? Meanwhile, I'm not sure about Aeda Brightdawn, because despite her name she's a warlock and she's taken to speaking in demonic when she thinks I'm not paying attention.

I tend to think of my followers like people, because the AI for them is pretty good -- they notice when I walk by, they'll make a comment in my direction every now and again, and they even talk to each other, sometimes with disastrous results. Milhouse Manastorm spends a lot of his time laughing at my peons and making them feel bad, for example. It's interesting because it's so lively, but it's also interesting because I've noticed other people doing the same thing -- they'll send certain followers on missions together because, in their heads, those two followers totally belong together. They'd hit it off. They'd be best friends.

This humanizing of what is essentially a decent AI system and a bit of random dialogue is kind of fascinating to me. I like making up stories, I like writing stories, so making up personalities and stories in my head is pretty much right up my alley. I'm kind of delighted to see that I'm not the only one that does so -- and I'm also curious, just how widespread is this habit? Do you guys view your followers with different personalities? Do you make up stories for them? Do you treat them any differently for how they act in your garrison? Do you tend to group the same followers together? Or are they all just mechanical minions to be sent out at your whim?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: Ganking in a Nutshell

Ganking in a Nutshell is the latest release from Nixxiom Machinima, and tells the relatively straightforward story of what goes on between ganker and gank-ee in a typical ganking encounter. On its own, that might not sound like much, but what I love about this particular piece is that the new male tauren model is highlighted so effectively here. You almost have to stop and watch it again, because the difference between old and new is so, so pronounced -- expression and emotion are conveyed so much more effectively that I kind of hope we see a lot more tauren movies in the future.

Beyond that is Mr. Flowers, who manages to effectively hammer home the reason I never, ever use the Singing Sunflower for anything. I'm not saying he's creepy ... wait. Yes. Yes I am. He's one of the creepiest pets out there. If you like the movie, be sure to check out Nixxiom's Youtube channel to see more.

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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Patch 6.1 PTR: New Battle Pets and achievement

Battle Pet collectors have something to look forward to with Patch 6.1 -- new Battle Pets and a new achievement are being added, according to information Wowhead has datamined from the 6.1 PTR. New Battle Pets have been added to bosses in Sunwell Plateau, Black Temple, and Hyjal Summit, and another tier has been added to the raid-collecting achievement, Raiding With Leashes III: Drinkin' From the Sunwell. A dozen new pets have been added to the raids.
Completing the raid collection achievement awards the Battle Pet K'ute, a mini-naaru. Thankfully, at this point in the game, all three of the Burning Crusade raids are easily soloable -- no unusual tricks that would require a second or third person, unless you want to bring a friend along. For Pet Battle enthusiasts, Patch 6.1 is already shaping up to be pretty sweet.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes for January 9

The weekend brought another small release of hotfixes for Patch 6.0.3. The list may be short, but there are a few different notes in there that players should take note of. On the list are a few PvP battleground changes, an adjustment to Ashran, and a few fixes and changes to various creatures around the world as well. Also, while it's not specifically mentioned in this round of hotfixes, it appears as though a hotfix was applied to allow Big Crates of Salvage to stack.
  • Players camping Poundfist take note: Poundfist is now immune to crowd-control effects.
  • Trapping will now award a caged beast for each nearby party member with an appropriate level barn -- this hotfix requires a realm restart.
  • The northern track switch in Silvershard Mines should now work correctly.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Filed under: Hotfixes, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: A little savage music

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today!

Man, Warlords of Draenor has one of the best soundtracks out of all of the games. If you didn't pick up the Collector's Edition, you can still get the soundtrack from iTunes. I totally recommend it.

gazaaa07 asked:

Q4tQ: Do you think we should run through actual raids with our followers as healers/DPS/tanks? We would have a chance of getting loot for ourselves and ilvl specific armour/weapon tokens for our followers on the same reset cycle as normal raid save

I think this is a cool idea, but not for current level raids. However, it'd be fun to go to old content with my followers at my side. You don't necessarily need them, but they'd be fun to have along, you know? Alternatively, have a mission with a single current-content boss, and you and the followers go take them on. Rewards aren't raid gear for you(There are more than enough opportunities to get raid gear currently), but gear and items for your followers. Could be fun, who knows? Love to see a system like Dragon Age's tactical combat system thrown into the mix for it.

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Breakfast Topic: What do you like about legendary quests?

I've been diligently plugging away at the legendary quest chain via LFR, follower missions and the occasional stone found in my piles of work orders. Today I was pleasantly surprised to note that I now have 75 of the things -- sure, I have 50 to go, but I should be done with the entirety of it pretty soon. I don't mind the stone collecting so much, I mean it's something that is by and large passively going on while I'm getting other stuff done, but it's definitely not my favorite kind of legendary quest. I've managed to collect a small pile of legendary weapons over the years, both by killing bosses and by completing various quests.

I think my favorite kind of legendary quests so far have been the ones that send me out to actively do things -- with the Fangs of the Father chain, the section that sent rogues to stealth through Gilneas was frustrating at times but ultimately pretty satisfying. So was the solo scenario that Wrathion dragged you off to on the Isle of Thunder as part of the legendary Mists chain. I liked the bit in this particular chain where you met up with Khadgar and a friend in Nagrand to take care of some unfinished business. Basically, I prefer legendary quests where I'm actively doing something, rather than passively letting something happen or pile up over time.

Don't get me wrong, though -- I still prefer this method over the old school once-in-a-million drop from a particular raid boss. It feels better when a legendary is something you work to obtain, rather than a ridiculously lucky drop. What do you guys think? What's your favorite part of legendary quests and items? Do you like the solo scenario method? The individual quests? Do you prefer the collecting rather than having to do any additional questing at all? Or did you really like the old days and extremely low drop rates for weapons of the past?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Patch 6.1 build headed to the PTR

According to a tweet by Blizzard QAZorbrix, Patch 6.1 is in the process of being released to the PTR servers for testing. In addition, PTR forums will be making a return next week. While we haven't seen patch notes for 6.1 just yet, datamining website MMO-Champion has been busy at work digging through the new build and pulling out interesting material. Among the highlights of what we may be seeing in 6.1:
  • New Battle Pets from Sunwell Plateau, Hyjal Summit and Black Temple
  • Harrison Jones as a new Garrison follower
  • Platinum level for Garrison invasions
  • New game for the Darkmoon Faire: The Real Big Race
  • Collectible music
  • Possible Heirloom Tab
Please note that all information is currently being datamined, which means that none of it has been finalized by Blizzard, and it may or may not actually make it to live realms with 6.1. To get the PTR for yourself, simply install it via the launcher by selecting PTR: World of Warcraft from the Region/Account dropdown bar.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 to be released in November

In a new press release, Dark Horse Comics has announced the upcoming release of a multi-volume series detailing the history of the Warcraft universe. Warcraft Chronicles will reveal untold stories about the birth of the cosmos and beyond, presumably filling in the details on all that history we've been missing regarding Azeroth's creation, the wars that took place, and other tantalizing pieces of Warcraft lore. Although it is being produced in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, the book is not being presented as a graphic novel, but instead a hardcover book with over twenty full page illustrations by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee.

The first volume of the series is due out on November 4, 2015 in comic shops, and November 17, 2015 in bookstores. For lore fans, this looks like it's shaping up to be the definitive book to pick up this year, and sounds like it may very well be full of brand new lore spanning the length of Warcraft's history, starting with the mysterious beginnings of the cosmos itself -- something that plenty of lore fans have been wanting for a very, very long time. You can pre-order your copy of World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 today over via Amazon, or check with your local comic book retailers to pre-order a copy as well.

Filed under: News items, Lore